Black-hearted Dahlia

Yet another reason for men to avoid marrying American women:

Thinking her husband was dead, a 26-year-old newlywed pulled up to her Boynton Beach town home Wednesday morning in apparent panic. She surveyed the crime scene tape and swarming police officers and began to sob hysterically. A good act, police called it. Investigators say she was the one planning his death – and they were a step ahead. The would-be widow was Dalia Dippolito, and since Monday police say an undercover detective posing as a hit man had been planning with her the details of her husband’s demise.

For $6,000, he was to murder Michael Dippolito, 38, Dalia’s husband of six months, police say. “I will be very happy,” she allegedly told the hitman, and laughed at the thought.

Of course, upon reflection, one realizes that this is all the husband’s fault. Why should his petty desire to continue living stand in the way of a woman’s right to happiness? This arrest is really an outrage. It is obviously nothing more than sexist patriarchal oppression for the police to forcibly prevent a woman from leaving an unsatisfactory marriage. And it is total fascism to set up a fake crime scene in order to make a perfectly innocent woman doing nothing more than legally exercising her woman’s right to end her marriage look bad.

Fortunately, the American judicial system is a little more enlightened. Since the penalty for a woman shooting her sleeping husband in the back with a shotgun is three months jail, we can be confident that the soon-to-be ex Mrs. Dippolito will soon be set free with six months probation. Outrageous, to be sure, but every revolution must have martyrs to make the occasional sacrifice.

Mailvox: surrendering the search for happiness

It often turns out to be a very good way of finding it. AW, who also informs us that she is in the process of bidding the market adieu, writes of her experience with the blog:

For every 20 emails you get from irate, offended females, I hope you receive one like mine. My original email was about three pages long – I realized what I had done, and promptly deleted it. You don’t know me, therefore you definitely don’t care about my back story or what I’ve been through or my thoughts on women today, so it would have undoubtedly gone unread. Instead, I’m just going to thank you and tell you what you – and the Ilk – have done for me.

When I started reading your blog about two years ago, I was initially offended by the things you wrote about women. I don’t like to think of myself as a feminist, nor do I care for anything resembling female “equality”, so it wasn’t that – maybe your meanness sparks something in about 99.9% of the female population to stand up and defend whoever is being attacked (usually other women). As well it should, because you continually hold up the modern Western woman for inspection. In the glaring light of logic, common sense, decency and reason – what you write can be an ugly reality to swallow. But – it’s undeniable and avoidable, especially if you don’t want to become “that” woman. To avoid turning into the shrill, selfish harpy whose only goal in life is to be “happy” (the definition of which changes endlessly) and actually believes that fulfillment comes from pursuing that personal happiness, you have shown me that I must:

1.) Get over myself

and

2.) Realize that “being happy” isn’t guaranteed by getting what I think I want, even if at the expense of others. Often, the consequences of pursuing your own personal happiness causes disaster and misery to others and, eventually, yourself.

I have to say – my happiness has actually grown over the last two years. The more I discard the secular view of “womyn”, and embrace the Biblical definition of what a woman of value truly is, the richer my life, my relationships, and my walk with God becomes. It’s like shedding a disgusting piece of clothing and finding that you’ve been wearing a beautiful gown all along. While you need no encouragement from me, I do hope that you keep your blog going for a long time. I enjoy it greatly, and have learned much from you and your long-time commenters.

The simple fact of AW’s realization that complete strangers aren’t particularly interested in the minutiae of her personal history reflects how far she has evolved from the average woman today. It’s not that people don’t care at all, it’s merely that they don’t care that much. Understanding that we all live in occasionally intersecting self-orbiting universes is one of the keys to tranquility for men and women alike, although learning to stop looking to a man to provide for her ever-shifting happiness is absolutely vital for the dynamic creatures known as women.

And while it’s true that as an independent theocentric universe I have no need of external encouragement, I’m nevertheless pleased to see or hear when people demonstrate that they have not only learned something here, but been able to put it to successful use in their lives. You can always tune me out if you wish, but it’s rather more difficult to escape the remorseless logic of real life behavioral patterns that I am attempting to describe.

Underwater

Deutsche Bank has a grim forecast:

The percentage of U.S. homeowners who owe more than their house is worth will nearly double to 48 percent in 2011 from 26 percent at the end of March, portending another blow to the housing market, Deutsche Bank said on Wednesday.

Home price declines will have their biggest impact on prime “conforming” loans that meet underwriting and size guidelines of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the bank said in a report. Prime conforming loans make up two-thirds of mortgages, and are typically less risky because of stringent requirements.

“We project the next phase of the housing decline will have a far greater impact on prime borrowers,” Deutsche analysts Karen Weaver and Ying Shen said in the report…. Covering 100 U.S. metropolitan areas, Deutsche Bank in June forecast home prices would fall 14 percent through the first quarter of 2011, for a total drop of 41.7 percent.

This can be expected to significantly increase the rate of foreclosures, which will take down an increasing number of banks. And the FDIC already has some sizeable problems on its hands, as its inability to find takers for the assets and deposits of several large banks that are in the process of failing has it scrambling to split the banks’ assets among acquirers, which it has to do before it can seize them and shut them down.

Don’t put too much faith in the short term happy talk on housing. That’s just a blip from the foreclosure hiatus and people snapping up the initial wave of foreclosure “bargains”. The fragility of the housing market is why the Fed won’t even think of doing what needs to be done and raising interest rates, which would appear to doom the US to a Japan scenario at best.